THE WAY OF MEDITATION AND CONTEMPLATION (U.S)
A RARE WEEKEND GATHERING OF GREAT SPIRITUAL TEACHERS FROM THE FIVE MAJOR RELIGIONS
Father Thomas Keating (Christianity - Cistercian Order), Swami Atmarupananda (Hinduism - Ramakrishna Order), Rabbi Miles Krassen (Judaism - Jewish Renewal), Sharon Salzberg (Buddhism - Insight Meditation), and Sheikh Kabir and Camille Helminski (Islam - Mevlevi Sufi Order) MAY 9 - 11, 2003 Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
Co-Sponsored By: The Garrison Institute,New York Open Center and Spiritual Paths Foundation
Contemplation and meditation are tranquil, undistracted states of consciousness wherein essential truths and sacred states of being can be experienced. Contemplation and meditation help us to become wise, loving, compassionate and peaceful. They help us peacefully to improve our community, profession, family, and world.
This extraordinary program provides an extremely rare opportunity to learn and to experience the meditative practices of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism. The weekend will include presentations, experiential sessions, discussions, an inter-spiritual service and a panel discussion. The program will be moderated by Dr. Edward W. Bastian, President of Spiritual Paths Foundation.
The program will program will connect participants with great spiritual teachers to:
Deepen and expand spiritual knowledge and practice Experience the shared spiritual affinities of the world’s religions Suggest concrete ways that contemplative wisdom can help solve challenges of civil society
Uniting Inner and Outer
Sufi Conference 2003
November 13 - 16, 2003
Within the heart everything is one. The lover aspires to live this unity, bringing together the
inner world of the soul and outer world of forms. With each and every breath we realize the truth that "whosesoever you turn, there is the face of God."
Presenters will include Kabir Helminski, Camille Helminski, Khatiba Grais, Shahabuddin Less, Lynn Barron, Iman Bilal Hyde, Llewellyn Vaughan-Lee, Virginia Myosho Matthews, and musicians Yusuf Mahmoud, Asif Mahmoud, and Ustad Mahvash.
A foreign non-governmental organization from Wierden in the Netherlands has provided scholarships to around 113 students of some Islamic elementary schools on Ambon Island.
Coordinator of the Maluku Brotherhood NGOs Network, Paulin Yuen, told Antara here on Sunday, the scholarships were more meant for elementary school students most of whom were victims of the recent sectarian conflict and school dropouts as the result of their parents" financial problem.
The Maluku Brotherhood NGOs Network, consisting of five NGOs of the Muslim community and other five of the Christian community, is also in charge of selecting Islamic elementary school students with financial problems.
He further explained that the Wierden NGO"s funds have been raised from Moluccans living in the Netherlands.
Luaib Saihitua, another member of the Maluku Brotherhood NGOs Network, said the assistance for the Muslim students was relatively small, namely Rp 200.000 per student. But hopefully, the assistance could somewhat relieve the burden of their parents.